In this talk, Swamiji continues with the analysis of the three Gunas, the constituents of prakriti. This helps us to analyse our own personality and understand the corrections needed.
Sattva Guna, explains Swamiji, is the illumining power, knowledge which brings clarity and helps to see oneness in plurality. It binds one by causing clinging to happiness and knowledge. Rajo Guna is in the nature of desire and passion and it binds one through desire-motivated activity. Tamas is inertia, sleep, ignorance and it binds the embodied beings through lethargy, inattention and sleep.
Swamiji elaborates on the Sattva Guna and the bondage created by the Sattva Guna. Quoting verses from the 18th Chapter, Swamiji discusses Saatvika Jnana and Saatvika Sukha. There is a way of getting rid of the Rajasika bondage and Tamasika bondage by cultivating Sattva Guna and finally we have to overcome the Saatvika bondage also, says Swamiji.
Shlokas Discussed: 14.5 & 6
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Narayanashrama Tapovanam, an Ashram located in Thrissur, Kerala, embodies the unique tradition of Guru-shishya Parampara, disseminating Brahmavidya (Science of Self-knowledge) through regular classes, satsangs, and above all, through learning in the association of a realized spiritual master.
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Those days, there were many rats staying in various pockets of the tiled roof. My room had a very low ceiling and I could even touch the roof tiles. At night, I would see big, big rats running around just near me.
I got back to my daily chores, but the scene remained in my mind – the old man’s wrinkled face, his gleaming eyes, the contentment he enjoyed, his refusal to accept more than ‘his minimum needs’! How many of us can take such a stand?
Bhakti is not so much in the worship with flowers, garlands, lamps or incense sticks. Neither it is in chanting His names and praises. It is verily in living and acting according to the wish of the Lord, pleasing Him, imbibing qualities and attitudes that He wants us to imbibe.